Real-world, interactive environmental science labs.
All materials included.
Plastic Ocean Investigation Kit
Investigate the impacts of microplastics on our oceans with 3 rotating activities. The Plastic Ocean Investigation Kit (a.k.a. the Debris Science Investigation Kit) is an all-included, prepared activity for educators to use in the classroom.
Grades 5 and up
$80 value - Free for public school educators
A Plastic Ocean Investigation Kit
Investigate the impacts of microplastics on our oceans with 3 rotating activities. The Plastic Ocean Investigation Kit (a.k.a. the Debris Science Investigation Kit) is an all-included, prepared activity for educators to use in the classroom. Students rotate through three hands-on activities, including studying microplastics in an ocean gyre sample, investigating the densities of various plastics and their effects on ecosystems, and mapping out where we find plastics in our oceans. Each activity includes a station card with background information, a student worksheet with investigation instructions, and 3 sets of materials for that station.
Grades 5 and up
$80 value – Free for public school educators in USA
Synthetic Sand Lab
Investigate beach sand for plastic contamination levels, and observe human impacts on coastal ecosystem health, using our microplastic-filled sand samples from Southern California. Each sample kit contains 4 sample jars and 4 magnifying glasses, plus an information card about the sample. Incorporate this lesson into your synthetic materials unit. Students use their senses and a clue sheet to distinguish synthetic debris from natural components in sand like shells, rocks, and plant matter. They then calculate the spatial density of microplastic pollution, and discuss their results.
Grades 5 and up
30 to 60 minutes
$30 value – Free for public school educators in USA
Plastic Ocean English Language Arts Toolkit
Research, comprehend, discuss, and communicate about the problem of plastic pollution and solutions to this global challenge through a literary lens. Request to borrow our travelling class set of 40 copies of Plastic Ocean. Algalita’s keystone book is written by Cassandra Phillips and Founder Capt. Charles Moore who is credited with discovering the swirling soup of plastic in the North Pacific Ocean. Use three lessons created by educators to build off of the book.
Grades 9 and up
Free for public school educators in USA
The Story of Plastic Documentary Screening Guide
This feature-length Emmy-winning documentary reveals the human side of the plastic problem. This film heroes front line communities around the world who are facing the impacts of plastic production and disposal. Use our free screening guide to navigate the complex themes of this documentary with your students. We’ve provided follow-up activities to discuss the main ideas, evaluate the documentary from a film-makers perspective, process emotional reactions, and take action in your classroom and community.
Co-created with The Story of Plastic
Grades 8 and up
2 hours plus
Free screening guide
Investigate Microfibers Lab
Study microfiber air pollution in your classroom with clip-on microscopes. Microfiber pollution and exposure is still a new area of research within the field of plastic pollution. We want to better understand our exposure to airborne microfibers. Join us to study them with our Investigate Microfibers Lab. Compare indoor and outdoor deposition levels using clip-on microscopes and our simple sample collectors.
Co-created with Moore Institute for Plastic Pollution Research
Grades 6 and up
2 to 4 hours across 1 week
$60 value – Free for public school educators in USA
10 kits available for Pilot Stage 2!
* Notice: We currently only ship to locations in the US.
“You have no idea…but you MADE MY DAY! I’ve been wanting environmental education materials like this for a long time now!”
– Ginneh Lewis, Science Educator at Alliance College-Ready Middle Academy, Los Angeles